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Dave24    12

I recently purchased a 1924 DB touring and I am new to the forum. I think that wind wings really look classy on touring cars. What is the best way to attach wind wings to the oval windshield post. I see that Snyder sells reproduction brackets for Ford and they sell for around $400 but I think they are made for a round post.

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Pete K.    13

Hi Dave, I have a '25 touring that came with these wind wings, sort of 1960ish add-ons I think. It's a pretty clever way to mount them though, using strap steel cut at the top and drilled at bottom to mount to the post nuts. The hinges are cheapo's and the "wings" are made of Plexiglass! Someday, I plan to change out the wings for real glass. I don't want to give up those windwings! Click on my picture again to bring it up closer so you can see it better.

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MikeC5    55

Dave, these were on my car when the previous owner bought it. I'm surprised they are held on by only the single clamp. They appear to be a more/less period accessory. Maybe someone else has a pair of Capitols... I may end up using them.

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MikeC5    55

What kind of glass should be used on wind wings?  I mean the frameless kind.  Assuming the thinnest safety glass (1/4") but can the edges be dressed to look OK with the plastic middle layer?  Tempered glass?  Although having custom tempered glass would no doubt be quite expensive.  I'm afraid of using plate glass....

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Tinindian    319

Mine are laminated, it shows but not too bad.  However I am going to replace both with tempered glass.  Some young person was climbing on my running board and used the glass of the wind wing to pull  him/herself up  Cracked the wind wing right across.

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Pete K.    13

Hope you didn't give up on me Mike, I'm so slow lately. Let me know if the pictures are not good enough, they seem cropped off more than I took with my camera for some reason. One pic is from me standing at the front right wheel, looking at the top part, next is from behind the wing, at the bottom. The other pic is the overall side view. The steel strap used was painted black to match windshield frame and the wing glass chrome backets are fastened to the strap at the top & bottom with screws and nuts.

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MikeC5    55

Thanks Pete.  Those pictures are worth a thousand words.  I get it now and I do like the idea of having them held on by the windshield acorn nuts rather than having them clamp on the stanchion. 

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R.White    54

My wind wings look great, work well,  but are actually quite dangerous.  The bevelled glass is quite thick but I don't think it's laminated or toughened.  The clamps connect to the windscreen uprights but are not as neat as those on Pete's car.  

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Pete K.    13

Wow, Ray, those real glass wings with the beveled edges look great. I've always been disheartened with my Plexiglass wings on a 1925 auto. They do polish up very clear when I give them a wiping of the #2 NOVUS polish and a rag.

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R.White    54

Hi Pete.  Thanks for the compliment.  The photo is old so that part of the car looks better now but I would like one day to find a correct DB windscreen but the cost means it is down the list of priorities at the moment.  I had not heard of NOVUS plastic polish so I looked it up.  Seems like a good product.:)

 

Ray.

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R.White    54

Yes Mike.  They are quite large and heavy and made from 1/4" plate glass.  They are nice to look at but I often think how dangerous they could be.  The bevelled edge can also be a risk when working around the car because it is possible to catch your head when getting up if you forget they overhang...guess how I found that out? :lol: 

 

Ray.

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Spinneyhill    247
11 hours ago, R.White said:

The bevelled edge can also be a risk when working around the car because it is possible to catch your head when getting up if you forget they overhang...guess how I found that out? :lol: 

Ray.

I have the same problem with clamp-on outside rear view mirrors!

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R.White    54

 

2 hours ago, Spinneyhill said:

I have the same problem with clamp-on outside rear view mirrors!

 

Advancing years necessitates standing up more slowly.  There can be very few other occasions when one can consider it an advantage.:unsure:

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C Carl    320

Oh yeah ! Since it is true confessions time again , I stood up into my passenger side. Luckily just cut at a shallow angle into my forehead. Quite a bit of blood , though. You can see a piece of the former wing on the floor. I wonder what plastic to use. Lexan (polycarbonate) ? I now believe the glass is just for show. An impact at speed could be horrible. It will be far easier to plasticize the wings than it was to replace the windshields. The gypsy curtains do a better job of reducing buffeting in any case.   - Carl

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Tinindian    319

I always keep a couple of cast off bath towels in the garage.  Lots of uses, one in particular is to hang over the wind wings when I am under the car.  Several times I have come up and wondered for a moment what was brushing my head/shoulder and stopped coming up.  They are long enough to stick one end in the door pocket, and let the other end hang down, if I am under the car with a door open.  Cheaper than band aids or trying to get blood out of the concrete.  First things I learned in Auto Shops in school (DON'T BLEED ON THE TOOLS OR THE FLOOR).

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Spinneyhill    247
20 hours ago, Tinindian said:

I always keep a couple of cast off bath towels in the garage.  Lots of uses, one in particular is to hang over the wind wings when I am under the car.  Several times I have come up and wondered for a moment what was brushing my head/shoulder and stopped coming up.  They are long enough to stick one end in the door pocket, and let the other end hang down, if I am under the car with a door open.  Cheaper than band aids or trying to get blood out of the concrete.  First things I learned in Auto Shops in school (DON'T BLEED ON THE TOOLS OR THE FLOOR).

 

What a good idea! Can I use that? I have also learnt about bleeding on things: blood is very slippery stuff, esp. when it includes aspirin!

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